Tips for Moving Senior Citizens

By on April 27, 2020
Moving

As we get older, we tend to cherish the memories we have made in our homes more and more. For this reason, persuading a parent who is well into their twilight years that it is time to move from the house in which they have spent most of their adult life needs an extremely sensitive approach. Sometimes, however, it begins to make practical or financial sense to think about downsizing to a property that is suitable for elderly people to live in. Managing to keep everyone happy during this time of transition is never easy, but here are a few tips that you can follow to make sure moving things go smoothly and everyone’s opinions are respected.

  • Clear Communication

Your priority should be to ensure that your parents feel included in any decisions going forward. This will help to ease their mind, making them feel less resentful about what is happening if they are reluctant to move. Help them to see how their life will be better if they are closer to you or in a house where it is easier for them to receive the level of care they need.

  • Think about Layout

After you have agreed on a suitable new house, start planning where you are going to put the furniture from the old house. If the house that your parent is moving to is significantly smaller than their current house, make a point to plan in advance which of their things will be going with them to the new place and which will have to find an alternate home.

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  • Look For Family Support

Moving house is stressful even if you are not advanced in years. Be aware of the emotional connection your parent has with the house and make sure that they have the support that they need at this time. Calling family members in to help is a great way of making the process as stress-free as possible.

  • Sort Out Logistics in Advance

Living in a new place means reorganizing routine appointments, care arrangements and generally settling into a novel routine. Make sure that you have thought through all of the finer points of this new schedule and talked them through with everyone in the family well before moving day.

  • Hire Professional Help

Whenever you move house, it is best to call in the professionals. Local removals companies will have the manpower, the equipment, and the transport to get the job done quickly and with a minimum of fuss. They will have access to heavy-lifting equipment like Mars Forklifts, and they will have experience of moving heavier items like pianos and sofas that it might be dangerous to attempt on your own.

Moving house in old age can be extremely stressful. In many cases where finances are tight or practical issues like getting up and down the stairs come into play, it is the only correct course of action. Make sure you follow the tips listed above to help ensure that the process is as simple and pain-free as possible for everyone concerned.

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Tips for Moving Senior Citizens